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Dr. Laura N. Gitlin

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Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Johns Hopkins University
242 Garland Hall 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore , Maryland 21218
United States

Company Description: The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a global leader in nursing research, education and scholarship and is ranked among the top 10 nursing higher...   more

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  • Ph.D.
  • PhD
    John Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • PhD
    Thomas Jefferson University
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Polisher Research Institute - Board of Directors, 2 April 2014 [cached]
Laura Gitlin, Ph.D. Director, Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health Thomas Jefferson University
Laura Gitlin, ..., 9 Jan 2015 [cached]
Laura Gitlin, PhD Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; Director, Center for Innovative Care in Aging
dementia management Tag, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Good luck getting guidance. “You are on your own to figure out what is needed and how to put a plan together in a meaningful way,†said Laura N. Gitlin, professor of community public health and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. “It is a huge challenge.â€
Dr. Gitlin is an expert on “person-centered†care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the originator of a massive open online course (M.O.O.C.) on this condition, which will be offered through Coursera for five weeks starting in mid-October.
The course offered by Dr. Gitlin and her collaborator, Nancy Hodgson, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins, is free to anyone who wants to enroll.
Dr. Gitlin and Ms. Hodgson expect about 20,000 people worldwide to do so, reflecting the concern internationally over Alzheimer’s.
“The point is to help people understand Alzheimer’s disease from a comprehensive perspective that encompasses not only its medical implications but social, psychological and environmental considerations,†Dr. Gitlin told me in an interview.
She’s especially focused on what she calls the “lived experience†of people with dementia. Caregivers and professionals “need to know about the different stages of this disease and how a person is functioning during these stages in their home, their family and their community,†she said. Only then does it become possible “to develop a supportive environment that allows the person to use the capabilities he or she still has.â€
That’s what person-centered care is all about. Instead of dwelling on the losses suffered by someone with dementia â€" the things they can’t do any longer, the ways in which they are diminished â€" it means appreciating that “a person’s sense of dignity, of purpose, of needing and wanting a role remains intact almost to the very end,†Dr. Gitlin said.
We often forget this, because people with dementia often aren’t able to express it.
Recognizing that people won’t sit through long online lectures, Dr. Gitlin and Ms. Hodgson have broken each class into 15- or 20-minute segments.
Dr. Gitlin is developing non-pharmacologic interventions to treat troublesome behavioral symptoms and participated in writing an important paper on this topic, published in JAMA late last year.
Hospice of the Valley located in Phoenix, Arizona, 31 Dec 2010 [cached]
"A gentleman who loved fishing could still set up a tackle box, so we gave him a plastic tackle box" to set up every day, said the program's developer, Laura N. Gitlin, a sociologist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and newly appointed director of the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, ..., 7 Dec 2010 [cached]
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Director of the Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, will explain the results of Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environment (COPE) trial.
During COPE, researchers documented that anti-dementia medications showed few-if any-benefits for physical function or caregiver burden and may have substantial adverse effects.
After four months of COPE intervention, Gitlin's team observed improvement in functional dependence for patients, most notably for such activities as using the telephone, shopping, preparing meals, and doing housework. A slight increase was also noted for self-care activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming. Caregivers who were also undergoing COPE treatment reported improvement in well-being and confidence.
"This study requires a new way of thinking about dementia care by physicians and practitioners, and highlights the important role of occupational therapists and nurses as part of the dementia care team," says Dr. Gitlin.
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